THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A college girl died after a speeding car driven by students of the same college knocked her down near the college on Freshers' Day.
The car with five students was coming out of the college at Varkala near Thiruvananthapuram and hit 24 -year-old Meera Mohan who was sitting on her two-wheeler 1 km from the college. She succumbed to her injuries in a private hospital on Friday morning.
Meera Mohan was a resident of Kadakkavoor. She was a final-year MCA student at CHMM College for Advanced Studies at Chavarcode, Varkala.
The Ayiroor police have registered a case and a probe has been initiated. Police also took the driver of the car into the custody and invoked Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against him. He has been identified as Afzal, 19, a second-year B.Com. student of the same college.
According to the police, the accident took place around 11 am on Thursday when Meera was waiting on her two-wheeler for a friend to return from a shop on the road leading to her college. She and her friend were on their way to college to submit a project report.
Soon an overspeeding car with five students in it returned from the college, lost control and collided on her scooter. Meera was thrown from the scooter and suffered serious injuries. Local residents took her to a private hospital. Bystanders also reportedly assaulted the five students before handing them over to the police.
Meera is survived by her father , mother and sister. Her body has been handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination.
The college management said the accident had nothing to do with freshers' day celebrations. "The students were on the way to a shop near the college to buy snacks from a shop. Unfortunately, the students lost control and knocked down the girl. We were in the hospital until Friday morning. However, we are not justifying their act", said Janardhanan Pillai, principal of CHMM College.